Perry takes one-shot lead at 3M Championship
Saturday, August 2, 2014
BLAINE, Minn. — Kenny Perry eagled the last hole after waiting out a thunderstorm to take a one-shot lead Saturday after the second round of the Champions Tour's 3M Championship.
Perry shot a 9-under 63 to reach 16-under 128 at TPC Twin Cities. That tied the 36-hole tournament record set by R.W. Eaks in 2008. The winning score has been at least 15 under in each of the past seven years, including two totals of better than 20 under.
Perry birdied the par-3 17th and was on the green on the par-5 18th when play was stopped for the thunderstorm. After a two-hour delay, the six-time senior winner made the 8-foot eagle putt.
"I was lucky I'd already hit my second shot on 18. It was playing downwind, so it was perfect," Perry said. "I sat in the clubhouse for a couple hours, had some chicken wings and was ready to come back and make the putt. It was a good wait."
First-round leader Marco Dawson was second after a 66. He's looking for his first career win in his ninth Champions Tour start. Dawson's best finish in 412 PGA Tour starts was second at the 1995 Greater Milwaukee Open.
"They always say the first one is the hardest," said Dawson, who made the field at a Tuesday qualifier.
Bernhard Langer, Gary Hallberg, Jeff Maggert and Gene Sauers were 13 under. Langer, coming off a record-breaking victory in the Senior British Open, and Maggert shot 67, and Hallberg and Sauers had 65s.